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Wayne Ellington says Knicks will be ‘picking guys up all 94 feet’ next season

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New York Knicks veteran shooting guard Wayne Ellington says the Knicks will be “picking guys up all 94 feet” next season.

Ellington, who signed a two-year deal with the Knicks this summer, says fans should expect the Knicks to play hard every single night in 2019-20.

“Like Elfrid (Payton) and Bobby (Portis), I agree that we embody what New York basketball is about – the toughness, the grind. We’ll be working our butts off every single night and playing as hard as possible,” Ellington told Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype.

“We’ll be picking guys up all 94 feet and bringing that defensive mentality. And obviously the name of the game is putting the ball in the basket, and we have guys who can do that as well. Everyone was obviously focusing on the other team in New York because of the signings they had this summer, but I think we’re going to shock a whole lot of people.”

It’s pretty doubtful the Knicks are going to pick up full court all season. There’s no way the team is going to have the energy to do that, but you have to appreciate the message Wayne Ellington is trying to deliver.

Ellington signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Knicks after splitting time with the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons last season. He averaged 10.3 points in 2018-19 while shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from beyond the arc.

For his career, Ellington shoots 37.9 percent from the 3-point line. The Knicks probably won’t make the playoffs next season, but they should be much more competitive after signing Ellington, Julius Randle, Bobby Portis, Elfrid Payton, Taj Gibson, Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock this summer.